Maxtor won't allow me to delete files that are no longer on my XP
I can't delete files from Maxtor that I already deleted from My XP computer. When I click on the drive that Maxtor is connected to, I only get a small portion of the directories coming up. Not the ones that I want to delete files from.
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I've had to use it many times in the past but in this case you need to plug that drive into another system as an external drive or slave drive and run the software from there. It will rebuild the drive and hopefully recover the files.
After you get back your files, you can then format the drive and reinstall your system.
Let see if I got your posting/description right:
1. Whenever you connect/access your Maxtor OneTouch External in either the desktop or laptop, the PC will freeze/hang; and
2. The Maxtor OneTouch External contains important files/data that you'd rather not delete, hence you cannot format it likewise.
Your query "Is it possible I deleted something that gives me access and I need to reload that?"
- No, I don't think so. From what can be assumed from your post, "I did delete some stuff off..." thereafter, you started having problem with the drive, the probable problem is when you deleted some of your files, the Maxtor OneTouch External has not finished updating what was deleted in its master file listing when it was disconnected, powered down or a power surge or even a slight glitch. The result is the File Allocation Table got messed up. This is like the Table of Contents of a book. The pages/contents are still there but since the Table of Contents is either missing or damaged, the PC would not not what chapter is in what page. Thereafter whenever you connect it to a PC, the PC spends considerable length of time looking for the File Allocation Table, what files to what area of the Maxtor OneTouch External and eventually uses most if not all of its resources just trying to know which and where.
If it is still under warranty, claim for a replacement and demand that your files be recovered and transferred to your replacement/new HD.
If no longer under warranty or your files will not be recovered for you, you have to google for a freeware file recovery utility/software. The objective is for the utility program to access your external HD and copy the files inside to another HD that can accommodate your file size. it has to be another 120Gb or higher.
It is possible that you have to run your PC/Laptop in Safe Mode if it will not run in Normal Mode with the external HD attached.
You may want to refer to this link of a similar concern (http://www.fixya.com/support/t191153-device_recognized).
You can also check if the external is spinning inside by touching the enclosure.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post backhow things turn up or should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.
Is there a problem deleting or is it that you just don't know how to do it?
If it's the former you need to supply a bit more info. If it's the latter then it's very easy.
Highlight the file you want to delete, right-click and select move to trash (second item down).
This moves the file to the trash but doesn't delete it.
Next you can right-click on the trash icon in the dock and choose Empty trash or go to the finder menu and select empty trash from there.
After that your files should have been deleted from the maxtor.
Alrighty, I finally found the handy file undelete utility which I have successfully used in the past to undelete files on flash cards. The file is Restoration.exe, and it doesn't use an installer. Thus it is a completely stand-alone program. The author of this program says that it is compatible with all Windows OS through XP. It probably will work with Vista too. The program also is compatible with NTFS as well as FAT32 file systems. Here is a link to CNET.com where you can download it and then use it to try to recover the deleted files on your flash card:
Once you have recovered the files on your flash card, copy and paste them to your hard disk. I never do cut and pastes from flash cards for fear of accidentally losing files. Copy and paste, and once you have verified that the files were successfully copied to your hard disk, then delete the files on your flash card if that is your preferred method. Yet I prefer to put the flash card back in my camera and then do a quick format of the card in order to delete all files on the flash card.
Anyway, hopefully this restoration utility will allow you to get those deleted images back. :-)
Open the drive through My Computer and right click on any file folder hat you want to delete. Choose Properties. When that screen opens, uncheck the box next to Read Only, click Apply, then Ok. See if you can delete the folder. If that works, then you will have to do that for every folder/file that you want to delete.
Yes, it is wise to do a house cleaning on your Maxtor. Whether you delete everything or not is up to you. However, do not do this by formatting the hard drive.
If you find you need a file later you deleted from the drive, a free program called 'FileScavenger' can recover it for you. If you format the hard drive the ability to recover a file becomes highly unlikely.
We techs have expensive software to recover files should you need to get it retrieved, but the interface is designed for techs and not the average user.
You didn't specify if the original PC was Windows or MAC.
Is this USB external used on a PC with
Windows? If so is it formatted NTFS?
If so, Mac OSX and pretty much everything else but windows NT, 2k and
XP can not write to NTFS. OSX and Linux will read an NTFS partition but
at this time not write to it. If your drive
is formatted NTFS, I would say, go to a windows machine and convert it
to a FAT 32 Partition. Most everything will both read and write to
You have a possible corrupted file. Open My Computer and right-click the drive icon. Click PROPERTIES in the menu. Click TOOLS. Click CHECK NOW. Click a check into the AUTOMATICALLY FIX FILE SYSTEM ERRORS box. Click START. The OS may tell you a reboot is required.
If all else fails, dump the data to some other storage device and use DISK MANAGER to delete the partion, make a new partition and format.